If you don't hire an experienced DUI lawyer who can navigate you through the legal process, you may lose more than your license. If you are convicted of DUI, the implications are great. You may lose your job. You will certainly lose a bit of pride when your family and friends find out about it. It may even appear in the local paper. If you are a truck driver, you will lose your commercial driver's license for a year even if you are driving your personal vehicle.
I have represented over 1,200 citizens accused of crimes since opening my Paducah office in 1997. I have been representing people accused of crimes since 1984. I am a Founding Member of the National College for DUI Defense and have twice completed its educational program at Harvard University. Because of my experience and success in representing drinking drivers, I have been featured in the October 7, 1996 issue of Lawyers Weekly USA and the July 20, 2000 Lexington Herald Leader. I am one of the few attorneys in the country to be certified to operate the Intoxilyzer 5000, Kentucky's breath-alcohol testing device. I have completed training in DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a 24-hour practitioner course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. I have also received training in understanding and litigating gas chromatography cases, which is the method Kentucky uses in determining blood-alcohol content.
Since 1995, I have successfully litigated hundreds of DUI cases to jury acquittals, dismissals or non-DUI dispositions.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: Before you hire a lawyer to represent you on a DUI charge, make sure the lawyer is properly trained and experienced. Not all lawyers have handled DUI cases to successful conclusions. Not all lawyers know the science involved in contesting breath-alcohol and blood-alcohol cases. Not every lawyer knows how to cross examine police officers on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. If your Kentucky lawyer does not have specialized training in breath testing, blood testing and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, he or she is not a serious DUI lawyer.
Ask any lawyer you consult with about the number of DUI cases he or she has tried to not-guilty verdicts before a judge or jury. Ask any lawyer you consult with about the specialized training he or she has in DUI law and the alcohol testing equipment used by law enforcement. Ask the attorney if he or she has a copy of the police Standardized Field Sobriety Test manual and if he or she has read it from cover to cover. Ask if the attorney you are speaking with will be handling your case. Do not allow yourself to be handed off to an unqualified, inexperienced associate.
Lastly, do not allow yourself to be overcharged by a lawyer with little or no DUI experience. Many unqualified, inexperienced lawyers advertise themselves as DUI lawyers. They will quote you a fee equivalent to what he or she has heard is charged by highly-qualified DUI lawyers. Don't get ripped off. Ask the correct questions and expect honest, straight-forward answers.